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Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - What Increases Your Risk

Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting a certain condition or disease. Risk factors for pelvic pain that becomes chronic include:

  • History of pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • History of physical or sexual abuse. About half of women with chronic female pelvic pain report abuse in their past.1
  • History of radiation treatment or surgery of the abdomen or pelvis. This includes some surgeries for urinary incontinence.
  • History of depression. Pain and depression seem to be related.
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Something abnormal in the structure of the female organs.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth that put stress on the back and pelvis, such as delivery of a large baby, a difficult delivery, or a forceps or vacuum delivery.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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